Categorematic unreducible polyadic quantifiers in Lexical Resource Semantics




Early work on quantification in natural languages showed that sentences like ˋEvery ape picked different berries', on the reading that the sets of berries picked by any two apes are not the same, can be logically represented with a single polyadic quantifier for the two nominal phrases. However, since that quantifier cannot be decomposed into two quantifiers for the two nominal phrases, a compositional semantic analysis of this reading is not possible under standard assumptions about syntax and semantics. This paper shows how a constraint-based semantics with Lexical Resource Semantics can define a systematic syntax-semantics interface which captures the reading in question with a polyadic quantifier.


Additional Files



How to Cite

Richter, Frank. 2016. Categorematic unreducible polyadic quantifiers in Lexical Resource Semantics. Proceedings of the Joint 2016 Conference on Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar and Lexical Functional Grammar 599–619. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2016.31) ( (Accessed May 26, 2024.)